Last year I had the absolute pleasure of being able to travel to the most beautiful Greek island – Rhodes (Rhodos). This time it was a girls trip with my best friend and I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way – the food, the night’s out, the entertainment and the stunning landscape of Rhodes was perfectly experienced with my best friend by my side.
One of the biggest highlights for us was the incredible little town of Lindos and the absolutely awe-inspiring grandiose Acropolis of Lindos.
Everyone is well aware of the magical Parthenon found in Greece’s capital city of Athens, with it being one of the best preserved Greek temples but not many know about the, some might say, equally beautiful temple found on the little known island of Rhodes.
The Acropolis of Lindos, found in the charming town of white-washed houses on the Eastern side of the Island of Rhodes, is something that you have to experience for yourself, as there are really no words to describe it. The reason for why I say it can compete with the beauty of the Parthenon is not due to its greatness but due to the sheer beauty of its surrounds.
We were in Lindos when it was their “off-season” in July and even then it was quite busy so rather get an early bus out there (if you are not staying in Lindos) in order to beat the mad rush of tourists and crazy long queues. There is a regular bus service (hourly) from Rhodes Town and it costs around €5 one way which will take you to the bus station just above Lindos square. From there it is a steep walk down to Lindos centre, do make use of the 50c shuttle bus back up to the top once you have explored Lindos – if the walk down was hard, I can’t imagine how hard the walk back up must be!
The acropolis of Lindos is situated high up on a hill that overlooks the azure blue ocean of the Mediterranean, making for a lot of gasps and wows when you reach the top. With expansive views over the town of Lindos and the stunning beach of St. Paul’s Bay, this is surely one place where words escape you.
Not only are the views incredible but the history surrounding you is tenfold. Having a history of 2500 years, encompassing evidence of every European civilisation to have existed in Southern Europe, including the Myceneans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans who have left their mark on this renowned place of history. Not to mention the Italians that can be credited with much of the restoration when Rhodes formed part of Italy between 1912 and 1945.
This world heritage monument will undoubtedly give you a new perspective on life.
It is just €12 to explore the acropolis and the view is worth every cent! As you walk up the steep, winding steps take time to appreciate the view and even buy one of the many beautifully handmade tablecloths that the locals put out proudly on display.
You can take a donkey ride from a certain point up to the top but if you are able to make it on your own two feet then don’t subject a donkey to that burden. In my opinion, from how the donkeys are treated, I highly do not recommend subjecting them to that kind of ordeal.
Once you have explored the acropolis definitely make time to walk down to Lindos beach and St. Paul’s Bay where you can get yourself a much-needed parasol and a nice cold drink to relax and take in the lovely surroundings.
All in all Lindos is definitely the place to take your time, enjoy the views and wear extremely comfortable walking shoes!